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    Abolition Science: A Podcast Series

    by  • April 19, 2018 • 2017-2018 Provost Digital Innovation Grant Winners

    Project Name: Abolition Science: A Podcast Series

    Grantees: Atasi Das, LaToya Strong

    Discipline: Urban Education

    Funding Cycle: 2017-2018

    Project Status:

    White Paper: Abolition Podcast White Paper_Final


    About the Project


    The Podcast/Radio Reporting and Storytelling training meets a need for an Urban Environmental Research Group that will help develop and enact a broader project exploring the possibilities of Abolition Science. Our broad proposed project aims to develop, through public discourse, a podcast series entitled “Abolition Science,” inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois’s “abolition-democracy” (Du Bois, 1898). The primary purpose of this project is to examine the possibilities of abolition science through public engagement with science, urban education, and social issues. In line with the tenets of abolition democracy, the goal of the podcast series will be to disrupt, interrogate, and deconstruct existing notions of science and science education that perpetuate inequities while simultaneously reshaping and advancing the possibilities that an alternative approach to science and science education can play in society.


    As an outcome of this training, we aim to develop a blueprint for a podcast series to explore the possibilities of an abolition science theory and practice through public engagement. The training we hope to participate in would help us specifically to think through the process of developing such a series to reach a large audience. Our proposed podcast series will be geared toward a broad audience to connect various conversations and experiences occurring in different places and spaces. A possible podcast episode theme would be reclaiming knowledge and creativity, and would include diverse voices such as Abenaki basket-maker and educator Judy Dow on reclaiming indigenous ways of knowing. Other episodes would feature educators who repurpose materials for classroom projects, New York City subway dancers who use the subway trains as a stage, and Jennifer Stoops from our team, who researches sustainability and making. Potential questions to guide the session would be: “Who creates?” “Who controls forms of knowledge and production?” “For whose benefit?” “What is making?” “Is the maker movement new?” “What does making look like on the margins?” Thus, our podcast series aspires to bring different stakeholders, who use different tactics and approaches, into the same room to collaboratively think and share a dialogue about the issue at hand.